I think it’s obvious this is going to be a big part of the 2012 campaign in midwestern manufacturing states:
President Obama is to visit a Chrysler Group LLC plant in metro Toledo on June 3, the White House announced Wednesday.The reason for the visit, the location, and time were not specified by a White House official. He said final details were being arranged with Chrysler.A Chrysler spokesman would confirm only that the President would visit one of the Toledo-area plants and that top Chrysler executives would be on hand to greet him.
Signs point to the visit being at the automaker’s Toledo Assembly complex, where Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty, and Dodge Nitro vehicles are made. But the stop could be at the Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg Township. Industry experts anticipate both facilities soon will receive large investments from Chrysler. This week, work crews were spotted taking deep soil borings, an early indication of site preparation work, in the complex’s southern parking lot, which can be seen from the southbound lanes of I-75.
Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, said he didn’t know whether Mr. Obama would be visiting UAW members at the Toledo Assembly complex, but he said they would warmly welcome the President. “As Mr. Marchionne said this week, without President Obama and what he did to save Chrysler, many of us might be out of a job right now,” Mr. Baumhower said. “So I think everyone would welcome the chance to say thank you in person, and to show him what we’ve done with the opportunity he gave us.”
Cranky former FOX News personality and deeply unpopular Ohio governor Kasich had this to say:
At a news conference Tuesday, Mr. Kasich was asked about Chrysler and its repayment of its government loans. “Here’s what I think about Chrysler: I’m glad that Bob Kidder is the chairman, I’m glad that he has ties to Ohio, and I want him to make more investment in our state. Period” Mr. Kasich said.
Period. So there. Take that, Obama.